Vaccines need to be available everywhere and to everyone.
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In a statement released yesterday 28 May (Friday), Dr Steven KW Chow, President of the Federation of Private Medical Practioners’ Associations Malaysia (FPMPAM), made a passionate plea to Ministers to open their eyes, cut through the red tape and mass vaccinate in the shortest times possible.
This comes after the Malaysian Medical Assocation (MMA) suggested that private clinics be allowed to administer vaccines while they are being audited by the state health departments as failing to do so will cause a delay in the country’s bid to reach herd immunity.
Dr Steven’s appeal revealed some alarming observations such as:
- With daily cases above 7,000 per day, for every confirmed case, there is 3 to 10 undetected cases in the community which means there are tens of thousands new infections daily.
- Covid-19 deaths in Malaysia have sky rocketed with mortuaries overflowing and containers commissioned daily in government hospitals.
- Dead-On-Arrival patients are increasing with unaccounted number in other areas.
- Present overcrowding and long waits in vaccine centres are potentially a super-spreader opportunity for the virus.
What Malaysia can do to speed the process of getting vaccinated
Speed is the key to overcome the virus and FPMPAM has called for a more simple process to get vaccinated calling the current process slow and a hindrance for a successful roll-out.
In addition, they’ve proposed:
- More centre for vaccinations including all Klinik Kesihatan, hospitals and GP clinics.
- Don’t rely on a digitalised system and allow people to go to their doctors to have their jabs on the spot.
- All the government needs to do is deliver the vaccine efficiently by allowing existing pharmaceutical distributors who have the capability and capacity to do so without the need to have CKAPS inspecting and approving GP clinics for vaccination as they are already registered under the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act.
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